OSHA Cites Bridge Builder For Safety Violations

OSHA cited RECCHI America Inc.-GLF Construction Corp. and proposed\r\npenalties totaling $94,500 for safety violations at a Brunswick, Ga.,\r\nbridge construction site.

OSHA cited RECCHI America Inc.-GLF Construction Corp. and proposed penalties totaling $94,500 for safety violations at a Brunswick, Ga., bridge construction site.

According to Luis R. Santiago, OSHA''s Savannah area director, a formal complaint triggered the April 3 inspection of the Sidney Lanier bridge construction project.

OSHA found three serious violations and three repeat violations -- one''s similar to those for which the company was cited at the same location in August 1999 -- as a result of the inspection.

The alleged violations included:

  • using improper rigging equipment;
  • exceeding crane loading capacities;
  • failing to train employees in flagging and rigging operations;
  • improper storage of compressed gas cylinders;
  • failing to barricade the swinging radius of crane superstructures; and failing to secure cranes to barges.

"Employers should take seriously the safety and health of their employees," said Santiago. "Following OSHA standards, providing adequate training and maintaining a safe workplace are sound investments for employers. Failing to take safety precautions can cost heavily in human suffering as well as financially."

RECCHI America Inc.-GLF Construction Corp. has 15 working days to contest OSHA''s citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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